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Antimicrobial Properties of Socks Protected with Silver Nanoparticles

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Authors:

  • Foltynowicz Zenon
    Department of Industrial Products Quality and Ecology, Faculty of Commodity Science, Poznan University of Economics, Poznań, Poland
  • Gwiazdowska Daniela
    Department of Natural Science and Quality Assurance, Faculty of Commodity Science, Poznan University of Economics, Poznań, Poland
  • Rodewald Dorota
    Department of Industrial Products Quality and Ecology, Faculty of Commodity Science, Poznan University of Economics, Poznań, Poland
  • Nowaczyk Agnieszka (j/w)
  • Filipiak Marian
    Department of Natural Science and Quality Assurance, Faculty of Commodity Science, Poznan University of Economics, Poznań, Poland

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Abstract:

Antimicrobial properties of socks containing silver nanoparticles were investigated. Two types of socks were used for testing. The first were linen (100%) socks impregnated with a specimen containing silver nanoparticles. The second type were commercially available cotton (55%) socks containing nanosilver. An antimicrobial effect was assayed against selected Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria as well as yeasts. It was found that the specimen used for impregnating linen socks has a wide range of antimicrobial activity against some Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria and yeasts - Candida albicans. Antimicrobial effectiveness depended on the type of microorganism, cell number and concentration of silver nanoparticles. Commercially available cotton socks presented antibacterial properties against Staphylococcus epidermidis.

Tags:

silver nanoparticles, antibacterial, cotton socks, linen socks, textiles.

Citation:

Foltynowicz Z, Gwiazdowska D, Rodewald D, Nowaczyk A, Filipiak M. Antimicrobial Properties of Socks Protected with Silver Nanoparticles.
FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2013; 21, 5(101): 91-96.

Published in issue no 5 (101) / 2013, pages 91–96.

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